Solid hardwood floors are a beautiful part of many older homes (and some new ones too). Their patterns and colors are visually appealing and add a character to your living space that cannot be matched by carpet. Unfortunately, they can get scratched all too easily. When scratches occur you can fix them the hard way, or you can quickly erase them with raw walnuts!
- Saves time – hardwood scratches can be erased in seconds rather than in a multi-step hours long process
- Saves money – all you need are a couple raw walnuts vs sanding, filling, staining, sealing supplies
- Better for you – no need to breathe in sawdust or chemical fumes
- Better for the Earth – walnuts are a renewable, all natural resource
- Works on furniture scratches too
- Does not work for deep scratches and gouges
- Does not work as well on darker woods like cherry or mahogany
Last weekend while moving some furniture, my husband accidentally scratched the hardwood floor. It was a light scratch, but long and right in the middle of an open space. It was pretty noticeable. I had heard that raw walnuts could be used to “erase” scratches from hardwood floors. I pulled some walnuts from our pantry and started scrubbing one into the scratch. I was shocked as I watched the scratch practically disappear!!
We easily “erased” all the scratches we could find on our living room floor. The scratches were still there, but very difficult to see, and only if you knew exactly where to look. Even when looking at the right spot, it took me 10 seconds of searching to find one. Then I noticed the floor had a little dirt on it from one of the kids shoes. I took a wet paper towel and rubbed it right over the repaired scratch. Even with a wet wipe-down it didn’t come back. I imagine the scratch might re-appear with some soap and serious scrubbing, but another walnut would easily fix it again.
I also successfully used this technique on a dining room table scratch. It did not work well on some deep gouges that were in another room from a previous tenant, so there are some limitations to this method. However, I am quite pleased with the results we saw: with very little work, and for a very small price the scratches and scuffs are GONE!
Have you ever tried erasing scuffs and scratches with walnut meat?